The Good Life
The Good Life
1 Timothy 6:17-19
A) We are to fight "the
good fight of the faith" to keep ourselves and others from the love of money
that causes some to wander away from the faith. (1 Timothy 6:11-16)
B) Believers who are wealthy
must learn to have the ability to handle their wealth in a godly manner.
II) 1 Timothy 6:17
A) Riches and pride are
frequently found together which often causes
some to have an exalted opinion of themselves.
B) People set their hopes on
the future, but it should not be set on riches for it does not provide true
C) "God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy"
1) God provides us "a way of life"
according to His will.
2) God provides us with what we need to live
"this way of life."
3) Living "this way of life" will be a
III) 1 Timothy 6:18-19
A) The progressive spiritual growth
of a rich believer.
are to be good" - Good works as the fruits of salvation.
2) "To be
rich in good works" - Earning a reputation of good works.
3) "To be
generous" - Giving as part of
their good works.
to share" - One who shares instinctively.
B) This matured life of doing
good increases in riches and giving along with godly character.
C) Like a charitable "foundation",
God is able to use the godly rich to be a source of help for those in need.
IV) The Example of Rich Young Ruler (Matthew 19:16-22)
A) A life riches and morality
will not guarantee a sense of fulfillment.
B) The "perfect"
life is not a life free from problems, but a life that is complete, lacking
C) The truth about the folly
of riches can be hard to take, especially for those who are rich.
V) The Example of the Roman Centurion (Luke 7:2-10)
A) An ability to handle great
authority and wealth and yet remain humble, generous and compassionate.
B) To address Jesus as "Lord"
is to do what He tells us. (Luke 6:46)
C) A thorough belief in the
authority and power of Jesus' words.
D) A type of godly faith and
character that is extremely rare and worth striving for!
E) An strong and unselfish
desire to see God's blessings in the lives of others.